|HISTORY IN THE MAKING
HURRICANE IVAN HITS THE GULF COAST
Wednesday Night, September, 15th
IVAN IS GOING TO MOVE ASHORE INTO SOUTHERN
ALABAMA LATER TONIGHT...WINDS SUSTAINED TO 140 MILES PER HOUR - GUSTS TO NEAR
160 MILES PER HOUR.
FIRST TIME SINCE 1915 THAT THE UNITED
STATES HAS BEEN HIT BY TWO CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANES IN ONE SEASON!
Ivan Approaches Alabama and the Florida Panhandle
Shelters are FULL across the entire area. (news photo)
This thing is going up MOBILE BAY
Gulf Shores will be POUNDED.
Mobile, Extensive Damage. Catastrophic if the eye goes up the bay
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...1145 p.m.
THE EYE IS APPROACHING GULF SHORES,
ALABAMA - THAT IS JUST NORTH
OF THE EYE THERE.
This is the same image...I HAVE REMOVED MOST OF THE
RAIN. You can see
Mobile there above Mobile Bay. The eye is due south of Gulf Shores.
Red is part of the eyewall, you can see the outline of the eyewal in blue and
Gulf Shores, AL Fire Station has roof
11:50 p.m. RADAR
EYE CONTINUES TO APPROACH ALABAMA
I took some of the colors out so we could see the shore.
The eye is 40 miles south of Cedar Groves area. (that is
west of Gulf Shore...little village)
Hospital in Biloxi just lost part of their roof and an awning
news. One of the tornados touched down on Lance Street in Parker, near Tyndall
Federal Credit Union. They report 70 or so homes damaged. Another touched down
on Thomas Drive. Damaged the bridge at Capt. Anderson's and did structural
damage to Hamilton's. Local news is reporting a trailer park in Marianna lost 16
trailers in a tornado there within the past hour. Power outage on most of the
beach and Parker since 6:00 pm or so. Florida Panhandle tornado.
NHC is now saying Gulf Shores, AL for
HERE IT COMES...
The orange area is the EYEWALL - Midnight Approach
IVAN IS MOVING ASHORE.
WINDS GUSTING OVER 100 MILES PER HOUR ARE NOW
BEING REPORTED IN THE GULF SHORE AREA.
IVAN MOVING INTO THE MOBILE BAY AREA.
IVAN POUNDING THE ENTIRE GULF SHORE AREA.
REPORTS NOW FROM PENSACOLA, FLORIDA OF EXTENSIVE
DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES.
THE HURRICANE HITS THE UNITED STATES - FULL FORCE
IVAN MOVES ASHORE - GULF SHORE, ALABAMA
EYE IS OVER GULF SHORES ON THIS RADAR
GULF SHORES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EYE!
Thankfully Mobile will be spared the
"worst" of Ivan. Damage in Mobile is extensive though.
Sad night across the Gulf Coast of the United
Ivan wrecked the Caribbean and now is
bringing his death and destruction to the United States.
The love of weather is turned to sadness
tonight watching this eyewall move ashore and hearing the reports of extreme
damage. Having visited many of these areas that are being hit. I have to
say I am deeply saddened to see this destruction.
Hurricane Season 2004 will never be
forgotten. I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime. The
number of storms that have hit the United States and the intensity of the ones
that have hit.
Two category four storms? Never, not
in my lifetime at least.
Let's hope this tropical season soon ends.
Bring me snow
covered fields any day!!!
This is going to be a long four days ahead
Alabama and many other states are facing
SERIOUS flooding and a major tornado threat through Saturday. This is FAR
All my friends down in Birmingham
"stay safe tomorrow" :) Watch the rain bands for your highest
winds and your tornado threat. There will likely be a tornado watch issued
for your city within the next few hours.
Going to bed now - 1:30 a.m. Thursday
was just on CNN. He says the damage is "horrendous."
-Hospital hit by a tornado
-Civic Center being used as a shelter, damaged
-Offshore swells 40-60 ft
The storm surge in Pensacola was 20 feet!!!!
IVAN and JEANNE BOTH HURRICANES also note the hurricane
west of Mexico.
IVAN CHURNS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES
HURRICANE JEANNE HAS BROUGHT MAJOR FLOODING AND
DAMAGE TO Puerto Rico
HERE IS JEANNE
HURRICANE JEANNE THIS MORNING...
JEANNE COULD HIT THE UNITED STATES IN A FEW DAYS
Ivan is moving through Central Alabama this
morning. It is moving and that is the good news! Hopefully he will
continue to move and not stall out over portions of the Tennessee Valley.
FORECAST FOR BIRMINGHAM...
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4-8 inches seems more likely now
(since Ivan is moving along)
Tornadoes will be possible through tonight
Winds gusting to 50-60 miles per hour are possible with some of the rain bands.
I am heading out for the day, will return this
Some photos from the Pensacola area.
Really bad down there.
Pensacola area, extreme damage along the shore and inland
Florida Panhandle (news photo)
Panhandle Damage from Ivan (news photo)
Ivan strikes Pensacola, Florida (news photo)
Where have my white beaches are gone :( Doesn't
look good for the Florida Panhandle. They definitely got the worst part of
Reports of extensive damage throughout Northern Florida and into Alabama.
Almost one million people without power.
Damage into the billions and billions of dollars.
Ivan made his mark.
Gene Mitchell struggles in waist-deep
flooding as he tries to get to his home,
which backs up to a bayou, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Pensacola, Fla.,
several hours after Hurricane Ivan passed through the area.
(AP Photo/Miami Herald, Candace Barbot)
GULF SHORES, ALABAMA
IVAN THIS MORNING AS IT CAME ASHORE
Jeanne continues to move closer to the United
States. It is beginning to look like she will strike the Southeast United
States early next week.
Jeanne will likely be a hurricane at landfall.
Stay tuned on that one.
How about a family update :)
Mother is doing great! We went back to the DR.
today for her one month checkup. Everything is going good...no surprises!
Grandmother is improving more and more! I
really expect her to come home in a couple of weeks. I am sure she will be
excited to return to her normal life!
Norman, no new updates other than I don't believe
he will need further surgery. That is the latest news that I have received
from the great white north!
I might know something this weekend as to whether I
will be going south for the disaster recovery.
OH AND AT 11 p.m.
NOW WE HAVE KARL!
TROPICAL STORM KARL
ADVISORY NUMBER 2 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 PM AST THU SEP 16 2004
...KARL BECOMES THE 11TH NAMED TROPICAL STORM OVER THE FAR EASTERN TROPICAL
FRIDAY, September 17th
DEATH TOLL THIS MORNING STANDS AT
24 IN THE UNITED STATES.
Much higher from Grenada to the Cayman Islands.
Reports from the Cayman Islands
are of extreme destruction.
Reports that 80-90% of the dwellings in both Grenada and the Caymans have been
damaged or destroyed.
THE CLEAN UP BEGINS AND THE
Photos below from devastated Pensacola Beach :(
Jenny Caillouet, a resident of downtown Pensacola, checks
out the damage at Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbour on Thursday.
Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on the downtown area.
Larry Huff, 27, of Innerarity Point, walks down the remains of
Perdido Key Drive Thursday afternoon in search of water and a phone.
The main street of Grande Lagoon subdivision off Gulf
Highway was completely covered with debris after Hurricane Ivan.
A truck lies turned on its side, a casualty of
Ivan on Thursday. (news photo)
Mark Silver and his son Michael, 14, both of Pensacola,
for their boat - Haley's Hideaway - at the wreckage that was
once the dry storage structure at Bahia Mar Marina.
People still try to have a sense of humor (news
The Huey Helicopter on display at the Wall South
heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan. (news photo)
Wrecked (news photo)
Returning to destruction (news photo)
ALL OF THESE PHOTOS ABOVE ARE FROM
Cocoa Beach, Florida (news photo)
Trees Pounded (news photo)
Pensacola extreme damage (news photo)
Roads were torn away, swept into the sea (news photo)
NEWS JOURNAL WEB SITE...TON OF PHOTOS
PENSACOLA SWEPT AWAY
Digest: Latest need-to-know
• Escambia County emergency officials received
no other reports of fatalities from Hurricane Ivan late Thursday night,
Kelly Cooke, a communications specialist with the public information
office, said shortly after 5 a.m. Friday. The county's death toll remains
at seven, but more deaths are feared as search crews continue trying to
account for missing people. Search and rescue efforts are continuing. At
least two women in the Grande Lagoon subdivision off of Gulf Beach Highway
died when flood waters ravaged the neighborhood early Thursday. A child
was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home on Pine Forest Road near
Milton. An elderly woman suffered a heart attack and died late Wednesday
night at the Woodham High School shelter. Officials did not have details
of the other deaths on Thursday night. Others in Escambia County are
• Bell South reports that 156,700 people are without telephone service
in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson and Okaloosa
counties. Escambia emergency operations officials have not received any
information from any cell phone service providers, Cooke said.
• Virtually every major bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties has
been closed indefinitely to all traffic, according to information from
transportation, emergency and law enforcement officials. A quarter-mile
section of eastbound Interstate 10 bridge over Escambia Bay connecting
Santa Rosa and Escambia counties was missing; the westbound section of
I-10 was damaged but still standing. A roughly 30-foot section is missing
from Bob Sikes Bridge, which is the bridge from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola
Beach. The Navarre Beach bridge/causeway - the other entry point to Santa
Rosa Island besides Bob Sikes - suffered significant structural damage.
The Navarre Beach Causeway is closed because of damage. The Garcon Point
Bridge and the Pensacola Bay Bridge were closed because of structural
damage. The Lillian bridge on U.S. 98 at the Florida-Alabama state line is
closed because of structural damage on Alabama side and flooding on
Florida side. The U.S. 90 bridge over Escambia River, between Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties, is closed because of hurricane debris. The Perdido
Key Bridge on State Road 292 is closed because of flooding. State
transportation officials said Thursday night that bridges will remain
closed until they can make inspections of the damage Friday.
• Hundreds of homes were destroyed in both counties. Pensacola Beach
homes were particularly hit hard. Officials believe that the southwest
part of the county leading to Perdido Key, near where Hurricane Ivan made
landfall at Gulf Shores, Ala., also received extensive damage, but no
reports are available yet.
• The Pensacola Historic District is flooded as well as other parts of
downtown. Other large areas across the two counties also saw flooding
because of the storm surge.
• Tens of thousands of people are without running water in Escambia
County. Water officials said that a worst-case scenario could leave people
without it for six to eight weeks. The Escambia County Health Department
has issued a boiled water advisory for all residents in Escambia County.
Before drinking water residents should boil it for one minute or residents
can add eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of plain, unscented household bleach
per gallon of water and let stand for 30 minutes. If water is still cloudy
after 30 minutes repeat the process.
• President Bush, who visited parts of Florida affected by the previous
two hurricanes, is expected to visit the Florida Panhandle on Sunday. No
other details of the visit were available late Thursday, The Associated
• The storm left Escambia County virtually without power. Gulf Power
said that 364,969 of its 405,000 customers are without electricity,
including 137,963 in Escambia County and just more than 60,000 in Santa
Rosa County. It could take weeks for some to regain service.
• Schools are closed until further notice in Escambia County.
• Phone service virtually is out for Escambia - cellular or land line.
Many cell phone users have no way to recharge their telephones.
All of that is just Pensacola.
Dozens of towns and cities are waking up to the
same fate this morning.
flooding continues into Kentucky and portions of the Southeastern United States
this morning. Rainfall totals over 3-5 inches are widespread with greater
totals in some areas.
Flooding will continue through this weekend.
More HURRICANES are on the way to the Florida and
Southeast Coast. There is no let-up in sight.
I personally have NEVER seen a hurricane season
like this. So many hits on the United States. I have seen seasons
with more storms and more intense storms but never this many strikes on the
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